Esan tra­di­tional rulers en­dorse Ize-Iyamu for Edo gov’ship

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

Tra­di­tional rulers in Edo Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict (Esan) have adopted the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Pas­tor Osagie IzeIyamu, for the Septem­ber 10 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

The tra­di­tional rulers, who made the en­dorse­ment at the week­end, at the palace of the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRM Anslem Ei­de­no­jie, when they re­ceived the PDP can­di­date, also di­rected their sub­jects to vote for him in the forth­com­ing elec­tion.

Speak­ing at the event, HRM Ei­de­no­jie, de­cried what he called “sus­tained marginal­i­sa­tion of Esan­land and its peo­ple” in the state and ap­pealed to the PDP can­di­date to cor­rect the im­bal­ance once he gets to of­fice.

He said, “We know you very well, you are a man who has di­rect re­la­tion­ship with vir­tu­ally all the Enigie (tra­di­tional rulers) of Esan­land. You are a son of the former Esog­ban of Benin King­dom. You are a son of a tra­di­tional ruler. Your father served in the palace without blem­ish. He did not be­tray the palace.

“We, the Enigie in Esan­land, be­lieve that if we give you our sup­port, you will not be­tray us. We want to say that Esan na­tion is part and par­cel of this state. We know how much we have been rel­e­gated in our own state, and we are very un­happy about it,” he said.

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